Desalination plant to be built on Ly Son island hinh anh 1Ly Son island (Photo:VNA)

A desalination plant using non-refundable aid from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) will be built on Ly Son island, 30km off central Quang Ngai province, according to Vice Chairwoman of the Ly Son District People’s Committee.

The plant, designed to have a capacity of 2,000 cu.m per day, will be built with a total investment of 260 billion VND (11.8 million USD).

Once operational, the project will provide enough fresh water for 16,000 residents living on the island. It will ease the serious shortage of fresh water on the island during the dry season between April and May.

Ly Son currently has more than 500 wells but many of them have become saline.

The 20,000-cubic metre Thoi Loi reservoir in the island has a limited amount of water it can store for farming and daily living needs.

Ly Son district has a population of around 21,000 people. The majority of residents earn a living from fishing and farming garlic and spring onions.

Earlier, the Republic of Korea’s Doosan Vina Company donated a desalination factory with a total value of 21 billion VND (about 1 million USD) that supplies fresh water for locals in to An Binh islet commune.-VNA